Tag Archives: Joanna Chaffin

Digital Agency and Resistance from Tank Magazine

by Joanna Chaffin

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The last time that I went to pick up a magazine, I was immediately drawn to Tank. It’s not the easiest magazine in the world to come by, especially in Canada, as it’s published in the UK, but definitely worth a read if you get your hands on it. When flipping through the Spring 2014 issue titled “Complicity,” I couldn’t help but notice the emphasis that was put on digitization and technology. It seemed that with every new article I was being referred to a different page which told me how to “bring the magazine to life” by downloading an app that would allow me to watch videos which correspond to the article. Continue reading

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Acne, Jeff Wall, and Normcore: Examining the Mundane

by Joanna Chaffin

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Normcore as a term has been getting a lot of buzz lately, usually describing the resurgence and popularity of dressing, well, normal. A trend in fashion that seems sort of ridiculous, normcore, favours the everyday silhouettes, brands and shapes that are usually not given a second glance. What some might say is the “anti-fashion” seems to be very in-fashion at the moment. Continue reading

Fashion as Art: From Miuccia to the Met

by Joanna Chaffin

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010). Dress, autumn,winter 2010–11. Courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Photograph, Copyright Solve Sundsbo Art + Commerce

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010). Dress, autumn/winter 2010–11. Courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

I can’t help but feel a slight stigma when telling people that I love fashion or even have aspirations to work within the industry. Is it the elitist frivolity in the ever-changing nature that tells you one minute something’s in and the next minute there’s a new black? Well consider my delight when such cultural institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and the Whitney Museum of Art started recognizing contemporary fashion as an upheld artistic practice worthy of exhibition in a precious gallery. Could it be that designers such as Miuccia Prada, Lee Alexander McQueen or Jean Paul Gaultier are worthy of the same platform as the likes of Vincent van Gogh or Rembrandt? Continue reading

Cathedrals, Factories and Plenty More Where That Came From

by Joanna Chaffin

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If you’re reading this blog I bet you like to look at art, and probably read about it too. I can relate to that. As one of the editors of UBC’s Undergraduate Journal of Art History (UJAH), I’m reading about art all the time.

This year I’ve had the chance to work with author Marcus Jack. He wrote an essay called Cathedral/Factory about how the Tate Modern functions as both a cathedral and factory. What struck me as I continued to read his essay is how the entire act of going to a museum or gallery becomes a sort of religious, performative, or sacred experience. Continue reading